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Date: 09.02.2023

Time: 16:15 - 17:15

Location: Olav H. Hauge

Price: 190/80 (student)

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Football: Power and powerlessness

On the football pitch aggression is punished with a yellow or a red card. But how can we pun­ish the illegalities that happen outside the pitch? When LitFestBergen is arranged, the World Cup in Qatar will be over, a World Cup much criticised for breaches of human rights and corruption. Nations like Russia, Saudi Arabia and China use football for political pur­poses. Sheiks, Gulf states and other wealthy actors buy up English football clubs, many for purposes of ‘sportswashing’. Accusations of sportswashing have been brought up against Norwegian football too. What are we to do?

Nils Henrik Smith has written the book Raseri og entusiasme (Rage and Enthusiasm) a title that sums up the feelings of many football fans. He meets the football journalist, Philip McNulty, for a conversation moderated by Henning Bergsvåg.

After the conversation there will be time to ask questions from the audience.

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